Faygate 1 Lavant 7
Captain James Sandford scorer of five of the seven Lavant goals
Lavant showed they really mean business in the West Sussex Premier League this year after they trounced Faygate 7-1 away from home.
The lions started brightly and within ten minutes they had the lead. A marauding run by winger Aaron Hancock ended with him squaring the ball to James Sandford who cooly dummied the on-rushing keeper to tap into the empty net. Moments later it was two, Hancock again supplying Sandford whose crisp finish cannoned in off the post. Sandford completed his hat trick before half time by flicking a corner that took a slight deflection to beat the home goalie.
The goals kept coming after half-time, the fourth scored again by Sandford as he latched onto a poor clearance to slot home. Good work from Dave Knight brought about Lavant’s fifth as he expertly let the ball run past him to allow Sandford to swivel and volley home his and Lavant’s fifth from 12 yards.
Then came the only low point of the afternoon as Neil Sanson needlessly rushed out of goal to concede a penalty which was converted by the home side.
However, Lavant weren’t deterred and went on to score two more, the first from the spot after Sandford was felled in the area. Up stepped James Brooks and he put the penalty on a postage stamp into the top corner. Brooks then completed the scoring after a flowing move that started at the back. After being teed up by the excellent Knight he curled the ball beyond the reach of the despairing home goalie.
Lavant captain James Sandford spoke of his delight at the end of the game saying: ” I think today we showed that we are a force in this league. We want to be in the mix at the top of the table this year and this will hopefully give the squad the confidence to challenge.”
Lavant are next in action against Stedham in the Malcolm Simmonds cup. Kick off in Stedham is 3pm Saturday 11 October.
Team: Neil Sanson, Richard Gabb, Ross Longland, Ben Purgavie, Matt Lyttle, James Batten, Aaron Hancock, Mike Neville, James Brooks, Dave Knight, James Sandford (c). Subs: Jon Wright, Alex Holmes.